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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 4: How to Love Jesus

Concluding our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1, How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2 and How to Love Our Enemies in Part 3. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 3: How to Love Our Enemies

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our enemies. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1 and How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 2: How to Love Our Neighbor

Continuing our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love our neighbor. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1. Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands to “Love God” and to “Love our neighbor.” The…

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The Commands of Jesus—
Part 1: How to Love God

Searching the Internet, we found lists of commands from Jesus where the number of commands varied in length from 39 to 120. Jesus actually uses the word “command” (or commandment) only once: “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one…

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Understanding Our Essential Needs

Our “essential needs”—met or unmet—affect our thinking, emotions and ultimately our behavior. The following list describes 10 of our essential needs and how we may respond depending on the circumstance. Understanding our potential response can help us to better navigate difficult situations as well as how we can better love and be loved. Consider each…

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The Love-Based Apology

The four parts of the love-based apology are expressing (1) remorse and (2) repentance, taking (3) responsibility for the wrong and (4) making restitution.1 All four elements are important for healing and rebuilding trust.   Remorse: Remorse shows love and soothes the pain with empathy, comfort, and compassion. This is very difficult to do because…

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When We Are Unloving (Part 2)

Let’s look a little closer at the other word I (Mark Fee) deliberately use when talking about sin or being unloving: the word “harm.” Whether we have passive or open aggression toward another, this is where we are being intentional to cause pain. We can do this in all kinds of ways: our words of…

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When We Are Unloving (Part 1)

What do we do when we are unloving, when we sin? I (Mark) use the term “unloving” for a reason. When we talk about sin we often mean failing to live up to some standard. Romans 3:23, for example, reminds us that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I have…

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The Prodigal Father’s Unconditional Love

The amazing love of God is the real focal point in the famous parable of the Prodigal Son. The father in that story had two sons who both believed their father loved them conditionally. The younger son believed he was disqualified from his father’s love because of his bad behavior. When he returned after wasting…

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Loving in Action (God Sightings)

When I (Mark) first began to experience God’s love by making time to come to Him to be loved, I mainly experienced His love through words alone. But then came a time in the life of our church when we were going through Gary Chapman’s book on the five love languages. When I started reflecting…

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